Thursday, 3 June 2010

(500) Films of Empire - Day 260

232 - Jurassic Park - 5 stars
Like the attraction at Universal Studios Theme Park, this film is a ride from start to finish, pure and simple.
From the moment that you catch your first glimpse of the Brachiosauras (the groundbreaking special effects still hold up today some 18 years on) this film grabs a hold of you and doesn't let go until the end credits.
It is set piece after set piece; the T-Rex attack, electric fence climb, and inspiring one of Spaced's best parodies, the Raptor hunt "clever girl", etc.
Also features some great scene-stealing by Jeff Goldblum as the world's coolest mathematician.
Was nice to see Dickie Attenborough still have a spring in his step, although his accent does take a wander around the UK during the film.  And you could do a drinking game, taking a drink every time Hammond says "spared no expense".

344 - The Last Waltz - 2 stars
Clearly on the list due to the devotion of fans of The Band, but this is essentially a concert movie with some interviews with members of The Band interspersed throughout.
Since I'm not really a fan of them or the music in the film it did not hold any interest for me.

246 - The Philadelphia Story - 3 stars
Empire described this as a love triangle but really this is a love pentagon as there are five people involved in this tale of a socialite's marriage with various parties interested in the outcome for different reasons.
A fantastic central trio of Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart and Katharine Hepburn ensures that the story and dialogue are delivered with a sparkle in the eye and a crack of the tongue.
This is the first Katharine Hepburn movie I've seen on this list and it just makes me realise what a fantastic job Cate Blanchett did in The Aviator.
Was also genuinely surprised how it played out in the end as I normally can see it coming a mile away but this old-school romance had some unexpected twists and turns in the road.

Days remaining - 105 Films remaining - 127

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